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As the symptoms and after-effects of the relatively new COVID-19 start to mount, survivor support groups claim that bloodless and painless tooth loss may be one of the longterm after-effects of COVID-19 infections

While there is no conclusive evidence that tooth loss is in any way related to COVID-19 infection, there has been a call for medical research into the viability of these claims. 

Her tooth just fell out of her mouth

According to an article published in the New York Times, a 43-year-old woman felt her tooth suddenly loosening, then a day later, it fell out. 

Although she told the publication, she had no previous problems with the tooth and felt no pain before it fell out. Bringing up her tooth loss on her online COVID survivor support group; she found some other survivors who had had similar experiences as well as others who suddenly suffered from tooth and gum sensitivity.

COVID-19 could affect your dental health

While there is no extensive research on the topic, or any conclusive evidence, that COVID-19 causes tooth loss for the members of the support group there is evidence that COVID-19 has an impact on your dental health.

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A study done in Saudi Arabia found that COVID-19 had a negligible to severe impact on oral health in general. This was caused by treatment, medication, and the effect of the virus on circulation and the blood vessels could lead to inflammation, fissures, halitosis and infections, which could contribute to poor dental health.

Bad dental health could become worse

According to The Cleveland Clinic, there is no direct evidence-based link between COVID-19 infection and tooth loss. However, the impact of the virus on oral health and worsening existing dental problems cannot be denied. 

The Cleveland Clinic suggests stress-related conditions poor hygiene due to stress and ill-health could likely be contributing to the trend of tooth loss which is similar to severe periodontal disease. 


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